Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Mini Update

Hi guys!
Le Sister here. Just want to update you guys for a lil' bit. 
My iphone decided to shut down the other day, so until I'm able to fix it's battery I won't be able to posts pictures. In addition, we lost both our cameras.
 I'm going to get a new battery for my old blackberry, though I doubt it'll produce good quality pictures, we'll see how it goes.
Until then the blog will be on a little hiatus. We promise we'll be back! No worries. Until I fix my iphone, or when we find our cameras. 
TTFN! :)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

[Recipe] Devil's Food Cupcake

Hiya! Le Sister here. I was felling for something light the other day, so I decided to make these Devil's Food cuppies, since they are said to be in lighter texture. Mind you, my mixer still isn't working, I was worried sick it wasn't gonna be good. Since it works out well, more cuppies to come!

I had the ingredients prep in the morning, then I had to rush out, so I just left the egg and coffee to chill to room temperature, and only got back to them at night. 

Makes 9
- 34gr cocoa powder
- 98gr cake flour*
- 1/4tsp salt
-1/2tsp baking soda
- a pinch of baking powder
- 57gr butter, at room temperature
-  120gr granulate sugar
- 1 large egg
- 32ml strong coffee**
- 60ml milk

1. Sift together the dry ingredients; cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda
2. Beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. I just whisked them together for a while until they're well combined.
3. Beat in the egg to the butter mixture.
4. Mix together the milk and coffee.
5. Stir in 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, when it's well mixed, add in the coffee and milk. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients until it's well combined. Don't forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.
6. Line cupcake tins with cups, and fill them in halfway. 
7. Oven at 175'C for 23-25 minutes. It's is ready when you poke a toothpick and it comes out clean.

I dusted the top lightly with icing sugar using a sieve. You could use ganache, buttercream or anything really. Without a mixer, not much choices left for me is there?

*I bought my cake flour in Singapore, I'm not sure where you can find it in Jakarta. There are substitutes for cake flour, but I'm not sure how reliable they are since I've never tried it before.
**The recipe calls for strong coffee, but I just used an instant mix. You can taste a hint of coffee, but since Le Family and Cousins are avid coffee lover, next time I'll try to make another batch with an espresso from a nearby cafe.

 They came out better than what I expected, tried them straight out of the oven, literally, and they were light, fluffy, airy and the flavours were easy on the taste bud. Tried another one the next morning, and they were moist, denser and chocolate-ier. So I suggest eating them when it's still warm, or warm them up for a while; I very much prefer the light, warm version of it.

If you decide to try this recipe out, let us know how it goes :)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

[Review] Gojumong

This little gem has a special place in our 'food list', we've been coming back again and again for almost 5 years now! During Le Sister's studies overseas, we'll make it a point to eat here no matter how short her trip was, be it 4 days! It's quite a feat considering the amount of restaurants, cafes and bistros that popped out during that period of time. It's been about half a year since we've last came, so we were pretty excited to visit back!

The banchans! Small dishes served along with the meal! The steam eggs too! The eggs used to be much softer and fluffier, but it was still good! We always finish them up! :)

Japchae! We ordered half a portion and it was enough to feed the 4 of us.

Kkot Sal - Boneless Short Ribs - 180thousand for 150gr

Yang Nyeom Galbi - Seasoned Short Ribs - 210thousand for 2 rolls

Sam Gyeop Sal - 3 Layered Pork Belly

Sun Du Bu Jigae - Soft Tofu Soup

 Watermelons and Red Bean with Coconut Jelly that comes along with every meal.

 When we first arrived, we noticed that it is much brighter than it used too, and the servers were decked in new uniforms. We were happy about it, until the banchans came out. There were similar choices, but they tastes slightly different, the Japchae too.

During the meals, we asked the server grilling our meat if there was a change in management, and, indeed there was. Even if it was now under the management of another Korean, each Korean family will have a different taste in their banchans and seasoning, and we were used to the old one. As an old customer, it's sad to say that we won't be visiting Gojumong as often as we used too.

On the brighter side! They are now serving more varieties! Although not quite on par with the old Gojumong, the food were still good, and definitely better than Han Gang. Do give it a try when you happen to be around the area.

Jl. Panglima Polim IX No. 7-9
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan

Telephone : (021) 727 96708

Business Hour :
Monday - Sunday
11:30AM - 10:00PM

Thursday, 2 May 2013

[Review] Jeans Chili Chicken

Hailing all the way from the land down under, Australia, Jean's Chili Chicken made it's way here to Jakarta. It is located at Gandaria City, along the same lane as Nanny's Pavilion. They are known for, obviously, their chili chicken.

Cheese Chilli Chicken - 102thousand
BBQ chicken in hot and spicy marinate with their 'secret Korean chilli' recipe, topped with mozzarella cheese.The marinate tastes slightly different from it's Sydney counterpart, but still good nonetheless.

Chilli Grilled Eel - 120thousand
Grilled eel in hot and spicy marinate with their 'secret Korean chilli' recipe. Though it had the same description as the Chilli Chicken, it wasn't as spicy, it tasted more like Japanese Teriyaki. So if you're not a fan of spicy food, you'd enjoy this dish more. Ours had a slight fishy aftertaste to it though, but we still enjoyed it.

Rice Ball - 20thousand
Filled with diced chicken, seaweed and sesame seed, 주먹밥 (Ju Meok Bab) literally translates to 'fist rice', as they resemble the shape of your fist. We were given a scissors each to cut up the chicken to smaller pieces, and a plastic hand gloves to make your rice into little rice balls.

[Update 11/5/2013] We dined here again on another occasion, and tried the Honey Chicken Wings, and Le Sisters prefers it much more than the Chilli Chicken, as it wasn't spicy and crispy! Better than Bonchon Chicken we think. :) 

This slightly differs from what Le Cousin W was used to in Sydney. Here the rice came with chicken pieces in it, whereas in Sydney it was just the rice with sesame seed and seaweed. If not busy, the owner would come up to your table and help cut the chicken and make them into little balls. So the experience was much more memorable to him, as opposed to just being served the dish. Thus, he didn't bother to make them into balls, and eat them with chopsticks like any other rice.

We're aware that the price were abit steep for a fairly simple dish, but we were able to share the Chilli Chicken and the Grilled Eel amongst the 4 of us with a bowl of rice ball each. At the end we only had to pay 100thousand each. However, it'd probably be better to split them 3-ways, as we came out not feeling full. Two of us had to get another round of meal. Rather than a complete meal, it'll probable be better for an afternoon snack.

Jeans Chilli Chicken
Mainstreet Upper Ground Unit 11
Gandaria City
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
Telephone : (021) 2923 6374

Operation Hours
Monday - Sunday : 10AM - 10PM